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US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan to target Islamic State

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-04-2017 AP

Washington: The Pentagon says US forces in Afghanistan dropped the military’s largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.

Adam Stump is a Pentagon spokesman. Stump says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives. The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs.”

Stump says the bomb was dropped on a cave complex believed to be used by Islamic State fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, very close to the border with Pakistan.

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